In order to protect your personal data and stay safe online, you’ll want to put NordVPN on your Raspberry Pi. What is a Raspberry Pi?, you ask. It’s a credit-card-sized computer that plugs into your TV and allows you to play PC games, stream video, and perform other tasks normally reserved for expensive, dedicated servers.
With the right accessories, you can even use it as a functioning computer! It’s small, light, and powerful, and it costs less than $35 to purchase one.
Let’s get started by explaining the steps required to set up and use NordVPN on your Raspberry Pi.
The Basic Setup
The first step towards using NordVPN on your Raspberry Pi is to download and install the device’s native operating system, Raspbian. Raspbian is based on Debian, another popular Linux-based operating system, and supports SSH connections, so you’ll be able to connect to your device using an SSH client (for example, the PuTTY console).
Once you’ve installed Raspbian, you can download and install the NordVPN client.
The next step is to configure your device to connect to the internet via a VPN.
There are various ways to accomplish this. If you have a spare ethernet port on which you can install a VPN server, you can use the provided networking utility to easily set up a VPN server on your device. Alternatively, you can use a dedicated VPN app such as NordVPN’s mobile app to connect to a VPN server, which is especially convenient because you can use your phone’s internet connection to gain access to a VPN server.
The More Complex Setup
The second step towards using NordVPN on your Raspberry Pi is to install the OpenVPN client on your device. OpenVPN was originally designed to be a simpler and more secure alternative to the default VPN server-based connections that Raspbian provides out of the box. For example, you can use OpenVPN on your Raspberry Pi to create a secure and private connection to a VPN server, similar to the ‘S’ network segmented by default on your router.
Unlike the default Raspbian VPN server, which is accessed online through an IP address, OpenVPN only accepts connections from local networks (this is called “local network access”). So, in order to use OpenVPN, you’ll need to make sure that your Raspberry Pi is connected to a local network. If it is, you can use the provided networking utility to easily set up an OpenVPN server on your device.
Now that you have a VPN client installed on your Raspberry Pi, it’s time to configure it to connect to a VPN server.
You can connect to the VPN server using either the NordVPN mobile app or the PuTTY console. If you select the mobile app, you can configure it to connect to the server automatically or use the provided manual setup option. The PuTTY console is more convenient if you want to set up the VPN manually.
For the mobile app, you’ll need to have a Google account and login using your email address and a secure password. Once you’ve done this, you can select a server from a drop-down menu, which will then provide you with a strong password to use on the server.
For the PuTTY console, you’ll need to have a Google account and login using your email address and a secure password. After you’ve done this, you can select a server from a drop-down menu, and then you’ll be able to see a “Gateway” IP address that you can use to connect to the VPN server. The best part about the PuTTY console is that you can use any VPN server that you want, and you don’t need to use one of NordVPN’s own servers because they offer generous bandwidth allowances. Plus, you can use the OpenVPN protocol instead of the default L2TP/IPSec protocol.
Protecting Your Privacy
Once you have your Raspberry Pi set up with a VPN client and connected to a VPN server, you’re ready to configure it to protect your personal data when you’re online. There are various ways to do this, but the best and most convenient method is the use of a VPN mask.
A VPN mask is like a screen filter that limits which sites you can access when you’re online. You can create a VPN mask that only permits access to specific sites or allow all sites to be accessed, depending on your needs. The best part about VPN masks is that they work automatically without requiring you to change any settings or use any third-party apps, so you don’t need to worry about whether or not they’re working.
To create a VPN mask, you’ll need to enter some basic information about your router, including its administrative email address and username. Then, you’ll need to click on the “Create New” button, and you’ll be presented with a verification code that you can use to confirm your entry.
After you’ve confirmed your entry, you can use the VPN server’s IP address to enter the required information about your computer, including its administrative email address and username. When you’re done, you can click on the “Submit” button to create the VPN mask. You’ll then need to login to your router and verify the new VPN mask by clicking on the “Verify” button next to it. Now, when you connect to the internet via a VPN server, your personal data will be protected.
Using Your Raspberry Pi As A Tor Proxy
Tor is another popular application that provides the anonymity required for online security. One of its main purposes is to allow users to access restricted content while safeguarding their privacy. Like a VPN, Tor can be used to protect your personal data when you’re online, allowing you to access restricted websites and watch anonymously streamed videos.
The main difference between the two applications is that a VPN provides a consistent level of privacy, while Tor is essentially a one-to-one relay service. This means that each time you connect to the Tor network, all your internet traffic is rerouted through several different servers. This rerouting of internet traffic is what preserves your anonymity, as no single server or group of servers can identify you. Your traffic is then untraceable because it’s being sent to and from different servers, making it look to the internet like a distributed attack that has caused the website to be slow or unavailable.
Since your traffic is being rerouted through several different servers, you’ll want to connect to the Tor network from a secure Internet connection or from behind a firewall. Doing this can help prevent attacks on the Raspberry Pi itself or the other devices that you’re connecting it to. This is because all your traffic is being sent to and from different servers which means that an attacker could potentially trace all your activity. But once you’ve connected to the Tor network from a secure Internet connection or behind a firewall, you don’t need to use the VPN application to continue accessing restricted websites or watching anonymously streamed videos.
In this tutorial, you learned how to set up and use the NordVPN client on your Raspberry Pi. You also learned about two similar applications, Tor and OpenVPN, which allows you to choose the best alternative for your personal needs. The choice is entirely up to you. You can choose to use only one or both of these applications, and you can even combine them as needed.